Summer may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the Garden State this month. Enjoy live musical entertainment, chow down on delicious seafood or visit an old-fashioned county fair. You’ll find something to please every member of the family, whatever you choose. Check out our list of the 12 best festivals happening in New Jersey this August.

National Night Out

august festivalsWhere: Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, Cape May
When: August 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Join communities all over the country for a National Night Out with neighbors and local police. Take part in family-friendly activities like a bounce house, dunk tank, beach games and a magic show, plus refreshments and giveaways.
More info: National Night Out or call 609-884-9565


Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival

august festivalsWhere: Downtown Westfield (various locations)
When: August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Every Tuesday evening in August, Westfield hosts five jazz performances at various downtown locations. Stroll around town and enjoy live music while dining and shopping. The bands feature both contemporary and traditional styles, with something different for every taste.
More info: Downtown Jazz Festival or call 908-789-9444


23rd Annual Clam Festival

august festivalsWhere: Huddy Park, 329 Bay Avenue, Highlands
When: August 3-6 at various times
Price: Free admission
Details: Enjoy live entertainment from bands like Brian Kirk & The Jirks as you indulge in succulent seafood at this long-running clam festival. Craft vendors, games, rides and a wine & beer garden will keep the whole family happy. Pay-one-price ride bracelets are available on Thursday and Sunday for $30 each.
More info: Clam Festival or call 732-291-4713


august festivalsNew Jersey Fringe Festival

Where: Downtown Hammonton (various locations)
When: August 4-6 at various times
Price: $19 for one-day pass, $39 for weekend pass
Details: Start at the Eagle Theatre and venture out to see various performances within walking distance of downtown. Musicals, plays, cabarets and more will be on deck at the second annual festival. Artists, food vendors and a beer garden line the streets of downtown Hammonton for a fun day out.
More info: Fringe Festival or call 609-704-5012


NJ Crab Festival

august festivalsWhere: Ice House Restaurant, 4415 Park Boulevard, Wildwood
When: August 5 from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: It’s a crab-tacular good time at the NJ Crab Festival where you pay as you go for delicious blue claw crabs. Sip on a refreshment from the beer garden or try a “crabby” Bloody Mary. Both a live crab race and a concert by Parrotbeach, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, kick off at 6:00 pm.
More info: NJ Crab Festival or call 609-522-0033


Alfresco at the Farm

august festivalsWhere: The Urban Farm, 31 Hazel Street, Morristown
When: August 5 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm
Price: $35 for adults, $10 for children ages 4-15, free for kids 3 & under
Details: Head on over to the farm for an urban twist on a country fair. Live music, country relay races, face-painting and garden activities are all on the schedule. Enjoy delicious grilled pizza from Millie’s Old World Pizza & Meatballs and desserts from Enjou Chocolat and The Artist Baker.
More info: Alfresco at the Farm or call 973-206-4177


Salem County Fair

august festivalsWhere: Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Harding Highway, Woodstown
When: August 8-11 at various times
Price: Free admission, $10 parking fee
Details: Looking for an old-fashioned good time? Mosey on down to the Salem County Fair, where you’ll find pig races, pony rides, blacksmith demonstrations, live animal exhibits and lots of classic fun for the whole family. Don’t miss exciting contests such as skillet throwing, ice-cream making and barrel racing.
More info: Salem County Fair or call 856-769-0414


Pirate Fest

august festivalsWhere: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, 300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach
When: August 9 & 10
Price: Free admission
Details: Stroll the Point Pleasant boardwalk for lots of pirate-themed fun! Pirates will mingle with guests as kids enjoy free arts and crafts, balloons and face-painting. Pirate Day culminates in a live pirate show on the beach each night at 6:00 pm.
More info: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk or call 732-892-0600


Festival of the Sea Carnival

august festivalsWhere: St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach Township
When: August 9-13 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Fun carnival rides for all ages, games, delicious food and hourly 50/50 contests mark this annual festival on Long Beach Island. POP (pay-one-price) bracelets are available for $25 each night and for only $20 on Friday.
More info: Festival of the Sea or call 609-494-8861


Food, Wine & Beer Festival

august festivalsWhere: Papaianni Park, 100 Municipal Boulevard, Edison
When: August 19 from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm
Price: $5 per person, free for children under 10
Details: Taste local offerings from Cypress Brewery, Empanada Guy and more as you peruse Edison’s Food, Wine & Beer Festival. Local arts & crafts vendors are on hand with many unique items. Lots of fun for kids too–check out rides, games, fun music and family activities.
More info: Food, Wine & Beer Festival or call 732-738-9482


Jersey Fresh Harvest Festival

Where: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
august festivalsWhen: August 20 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Price: $6.99 per person for pick-your-own admission or $17.99 for children’s all-day activity pass
Details: Celebrate the deliciousness of Jersey Fresh produce in all its glory. Spend the afternoon tasting yummy, fresh recipes and having fun on the farm. All-day activity pass includes access to pony rides, corn kingdom, moon bounce and wagon train rides, along with pick-your-own admission and live entertainment.
More info: Jersey Fresh Harvest Festival or call 908-258-6245


Seafarers’ Weekend

august festivalsWhere: Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 US Route 9, Cape May
When: August 26 & 27 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Price: $12 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-12, free for kids under 3
Details: Pirates, music and family fun are on tap for Seafarers’ Weekend. Check out historical demonstrations of the trades, crafts and lifestyles of early America, then head over to the Cold Spring Brewery for a refreshing beverage.
More info: Seafarers’ Weekend or call 609-898-2300


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